Art: Private View - The Gere Collection The National Gallery, London WC2
Saturday 19 June 1999
"Plein Airism", as the name suggests, is often thought to be a French invention, and certainly the Impressionists made it their own, though as an artistic practice it is probably as old as painting itself. Until the Impressionists, however, these sketches were rarely intended for exhibition and so, with the exception of a few of the more famous examples, such as Corot's Italian sketches or Constable's cloud studies, they have often been missed out of the usual notes of art history.
The great joy of these little pictures is exactly the thing that has kept them in obscurity: an incidental, unimportant quality; the sense of a quiet moment or the effects of light or weather, caught fleetingly. These are private masterpieces made for personal consumption, rather than the public statements on which artistic reputations rise and fall, and they are all the more pleasurable for their lack of pretension.
The Gere Collection of Landscape Oil Sketches, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London WC2 (0171-747 2885) Wed to 30 August
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